Fun Story: My director kept telling me and my tenor sax buddy to play softer. No matter what we did, it wasn’t soft enough for him. So getting frustrated, I told my buddy “Dont play this time. Just fake it”
Our Band Director then informed us we sounded perfect.
To my readers: “p” means quiet, “pp” means really quiet. I’ve never seen “pppp” before haha.
On the contrast, “f” means loud, and “ffff” probably means so loud you go unconscious.
I had ffff in a piece once and my conductor told me to play as loudly as physically possible without falling off my chair…
Me and my trombone buddies had “ffff” and he sat next to me and played so hard that he fell out of his chair.
The lengths we go for music.
Okay yeah so I play the bass clarinet and the amount of air you have to move and the stiffness of the reed means it only has two settings and that is loud and louder, with an optional LOUDEST that includes a 50% probability of HORRIBLE CROAKING NOISE which is the bass equivalent of the ubiquitous clarinet shriek.
One day, when I was in concert band in high school, we got a new piece handed out for the first time, and there was a strange little commotion back in the tuba section — whispering, and pointing at something in the music, and swatting at each other’s hands all shhh don’t call attention to it. And although they did attract the attention of basically everyone else in the band, they managed to avoid being noticed by the band director, who gave us a few minutes to look over our parts and then said, “All right, let’s run through it up to section A.”
And here we are, cheerfully playing along, sounding reasonably competent — but everyone, when they have the attention to spare, is keeping an eye on the tuba players. They don’t come in for the first eight measures or so, and then when they do come in, what we see is:
[reeeeeeally deep breath]
[COLOSSAL FOGHORN NOISE]
The entire band stops dead, in the cacophonous kind of way that a band stops when it hasn’t actually been cued to stop. The band director doesn’t even say anything, just looks straight back at the tubas and makes a helpless sort of why gesture.
In unison, the tuba players defend themselves: “THERE WERE FOUR F’S.”
FFFF is not really a rational dynamic marking for any instrument, but for the love of all that is holy why would you put it in a tuba part.
This is the best band post
Everyone else go home
Oh man, so I play trombone, and we got this piece called Florentiner Marsch by Julius Fucik, and we saw this
which is 8 fortes. We were shocked until,
that is 24 fortes who the fuck does that
Who does that?
This guy. Take a good look - that is the moustache of a man with nothing to lose.
More like Julius Fuckit
Something you should know about that man: his most well-known composition is a little piece called “Entry of the Gladiators”. You know this piece. I know you do.
that is the moustache of a man with nothing to lose
MUTUAL CONSENT (ﾉ◡‿◡)ﾉ ✧･ﾟ: *
CARING ABOUT EACH OTHER’S PLEASURE (ﾉ◡‿◡)ﾉ ✧･ﾟ: *
EXPLORING EACH OTHER’S KINKS (ﾉ◡‿◡)ﾉ ✧･ﾟ: *
SAFE SEX (ﾉ◡‿◡)ﾉ ✧･ﾟ: *
COMMUNICATION BEFORE SEX (ﾉ◡‿◡)ﾉ ✧･ﾟ: *
COMMUNICATION DURING SEX (ﾉ◡‿◡)ﾉ ✧･ﾟ: *
COMMUNICATION AFTER SEX (ﾉ◡‿◡)ﾉ ✧･ﾟ: *
HEALTHY SEX LIFE (ﾉ◡‿◡)ﾉ ✧･ﾟ: *
this is a very serious post
I want this printed on every shirt I own
This is the Hogwarts Express, reblog to get on it.
Never rebloged faster
this picture speaks to me on an emotional level
(breaks into your house) can i pet your dogs
(breaks into your house) drink bleach bitch
He’s just mad because he can’t acquire all the apple juice that I’m acquiring. (x)
this is my favorite thing of the day
“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.
If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.”
I hate the pushing of the concept that everyone can “do what they love” and still survive. Capitalism doesn’t work that way. Unless every ballerina or football player or high-powered lawyer also moonlights as a construction worker, or a janitor, or a waitress, there are going to be a fuckload of essential industries that fall apart.
Capitalism requires that someone be stuck with the short stick, performing the work that the rest of us don’t want to do. And then, of course, those on top throw down, along with their shit work and actual shit, shitty advice that shames and demeans those who don’t have the fancy jobs.
Has anyone ever sat down and watched this video with the script in front of you so you could act like your Sally Sparrow and it will look like you are having a conversation with The Doctor??? or is it just me?
S- The doctor.
L- Who’s the doctor?
S- He’s the doctor.
D- [0:13] Yep that’s me.
S- ‘Kay that was scary.
L- No, it sounds like he’s replying but he always says that.
D-[0:19] Yes I do.
D- [0:21] Yep and this!
S- He can hear us! Oh my god you can really hear us!
L- Of course he can’t hear us! Look. I got a transcript, see? Everything he says. “Yep that’s me, yes I do, yep and this, next this, are you gonna read out the whole thing?
D- [0:37]Are you gonna read out the whole thing? (Together)
S- Who are you?
D- [0:41] I’m a time traveler, or I was, I’m stuck in 1969.
M- We’re stuck! All of space and time he promised me, now I got a job in a shop, I have to support him!
S- I’ve seen this bit before.
D- [0:55] Quite possibly.
S- 1969, that’s where you’re talking from?
D- [0:59] ‘Fraid so.
S- But you’re replying to me! You cant know what I’m gonna say 40 years before I say it!
D- [1:05] 38.
L- I’m getting this down, I’m writing in your bits.
S-How! How is this possible? Tell me.
L- Not so fast!
D-[1:13] People don’t understand time its not what you think it is.
S- Then what is it?
D- [1:19] Complicated.
S- Tell me.
D- [1:22] Very complicated
S- I’m clever and I’m listening and don’t patronize me because people have died and I’m not happy, tell me!
D- [1:28] People assume that time is a straight progression of cause to effect but actually from a non-linear non-subjected viewpoint it’s more like a ball of wibbly-wobbly timey whimey. …stuff.
S- Yeah I’ve seen this bit before. You said that sentence got away from you.
D- [1:43] It got away from me, yeah.
S- Next you’re gonna say is “Well I can hear you.”
D- [1:48] Well I can hear you.
S- This is impossible!
L- No its brilliant!
D- [1:52] Well not hear you exactly but I know everything you’re gonna say.
L- Always gave me the shivers that bit.
S- How can you know what I’m gonna say?
D-[2:00] Look to your left.
L- What does he mean by “look to your left”? I’ve written tons about that on the forum. I think it’s a political statement!
S- He means you! What are you doing?
L- I’m writing in your bits, that way I gotta a complete transcript! What till this hits the net! This will explode the Egg Forums!
D-[2:19] I’ve got a copy of the finished transcript its on my autocue.
S- How can you have a copy of the finished transcript? It’s still being written!
D- [2:25] I told you I’m a time traveler I got it in the future.
S- Ok let me get my head around this. You’re reading aloud from a transcript of a conversion you’re still having?
D- [2:22] Wibbly wobbly timey whimey.
S- Never mind that, you can do short hand?
D- [2:41] What matters is we can communicate, we’ve got big problems now. They have taken the blue box haven’t they? The angels have the phone box?
L- “The angels have the phone box” that’s my favorite. I’ve got that on a t-shirt.
S- What do you mean angels? You mean those statues things?
D- [2:55] Creature from another world.
S- But they’re just statues!
D- [2:59] Only when you see them.
S- What does that mean?
D- [3:02] The lonely assassins they used to be called. No one quite knows where they came from but they’re as old as the universe or very nearly and they have survived this long because they have the most perfect defense system ever evolved. They are quantum locked. They don’t exist when they’re being observed. The moment they are seen by any other living creature they freeze into rock. No choice, it’s a fact of their biology. In the sight of any living thing they literally turn to stone, and you cant kill a stone. ‘Course, a stone cant kill you either but then you turn your head away, then you blink and oh yes it can.
S- Dont take your eyes off that.
D- [3:37] That’s why they cover their eyes. They’re not weeping, they cant risk looking at each other. They’re greatest asset is they’re greatest curse. They can never be seen. Loneliest creatures in the universe. And I’m sorry, I’m very, very sorry its up to you now.
S- What am I supposed to do?
D- [3:56] The blue box, that’s my time machine. There’s a world of time energy in there they could feast on forever but the damage they could do could switch off the sun. You have got to send it back to me.
S- How? …HOW?!
D- [4:10] And that’s it I’m afraid, there’s no more from you on the transcript, that’s the last I’ve got. I don’t know what stopped you talking but I can guess. They’re coming. The angels are coming for you but listen; your life could depend on this. Don’t blink, don’t even blink! Blink and you’re dead. They’re fast, faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back, don’t look away, and don’t blink! Good Luck.
that was the best thing that has happened to me all year.
Valerie Thomas: Why she kicks ass
- She is a scientist and inventor, who invented the illusion transmitter for which she received a patent in 1980. (This is an invention that NASA continues to use to this day.)
- She went to an all-girls school where she did not receive any training in the sciences. Implicit stereotypes contributed to this, as the girls school did not teach the students about math or science, so she had to educate herself about those subjects. She later attended Morgan State University, and was one of two women in majoring in physics.
- She worked at NASA, first as a data analyst and then moving on to oversee the creation of the Landsat program, then as project manager for the Space Physics Analysis Network and was associate chief for NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office. She also participated in projects related to Halley’s Comet, ozone research, and the Voyager spacecraft.
- She retired in August 1995 as Space Science Data Operations Officer, serving as manager of the NASA Automated Systems Incident Response Capability and serving as chair of the SSDOO Education Committee.
- She is currently an associate at the UMBC Center for Multicore Hybrid Productivity Research, and also serves as a mentor for youth through the Science Mathematics Aerospace Research and Technology and National Technical Association.